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People write to the President of India asking for a Ban on Chinese manja

On the 15th & 16th of March, as part of our#WorldSparrowDay celebrations, we displayed a stall at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon.

As part of one of the activities, we asked people to write a poster to “the President of India” requesting him to “Help impose a nation-wide Ban on Chinese/nylon/glass manja which massacres hundreds of birds each year beside lethally injuring many human beings and children.

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Children as young as 6 years and adults as old (or young, if you believe age is just a number) as 65-70 years participated.

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Here are some of the images from the activity. If you too believe in our campaign to BAN this lethal product, please “sign/Share” our online petition: http://chn.ge/1cZWAA5

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World Sparrow Day social media presence

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NFS visits Pune University & Indradhanush Paryavaran Kendra

We visited Department of Zoology at University of Pune and Indradhanush Paryavaran Kendra, Pune yesterday. We used this opportunity to interact with students from Zoology, Botany & Environmental Science as well as enthusiastic people from the Pune community which has the highest number of birdwatchers & environmental enthusiasts in the country. 
 
Mohammad Dilawar, Founder-president Nature Forever Society gave talk on “Sparrows & Superpower” that correlated the inter-linkages between India becoming a Superpower, the economics, infrastructure and environmental perspective and related them with Sparrows and its health in the persisting scenario.  
 
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We also utilized this opportunity to introduce Citizen Science with our “Common Bird Monitoring of India” program. We also interacted with students and the avenues open to them for research, interning and volunteer opportunities with us. 
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This gave us a chance to connect with the interested citizenry who provided valuable feedback or our long-term growth as well as provided immense support that helped her broaden our vision for the future.
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Again, we are immensely grateful to all the people present, Mr. Deepak Sawant from Indian Herpetology Society, the professors at Zoology Department of Pune University, Mr. Suhas Waingankar and team from CEE, Pune and the students.
 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Nurturing Nature

This International Women’s Day, Nature Forever Society has brought for its readers, a special issue featuring Women Conservationists in an attempt to document their journey as professional conservationists, scientists, mothers, daughters and most importantly, as women.

It is with utmost pride that we are presenting to you the PDF version that any enthusiast can download and read. This issue features Ms. Divya Mudappa, Ms. Divya Shrivastava Khandal, Ms. Devica Ranade, Ms. Priyanka Runwal, Ms. Aparajita Datta, Ms. Prerna Bindra, Ms. Geetha Nayak, Dr. Gowri Mallapur and Ms. Manali Pawar for sparing their time to answer our questions and share their images for this issue.

We sincerely hope and wish that everyone enjoys and relishes its content.

To download a copy of “Nurturing Nature”, please visit http://www.natureforever.org/publications/downloads

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Celebrate WSD with CBMI this year

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. –Marianne Williamson

During your schooldays, when you were asked to write an article on environmental degradation, you would have always written in the solution part, “We must help to redress the harm done to nature”. Huh! Very easy to say but the real question is how many of us practice these virtues today? Many a times it is not that you have forgotten your ethics learnt at school. But you could not find a platform from where to launch your initiative.

This year, to do your tiny bit for the Sparrows and other common birds, all you need to do is take the support of your school/college authorities to put up the CBMI poster in their institution. A one-of-its-kind initiative, CBMI is a citizen science project that urges people to just take out 15 minutes of their time to monitor birds in and around their homes, offices and educational institutions.

Ms. Taneja with CBMI poster at her college (Lady Sriram College) in Delhi

Ms. Taneja with CBMI poster at her college (Lady Sriram College) in Delhi

However, such initiatives can never be successful without the wholehearted support of people, especially volunteers. The only reason why India lacks relevant scientific data on current common bird species distribution and numbers is due to the logistical, manpower and monetary challenges that bird monitoring faces. CBMI wants to bridge this gap by collaborating with people like you. CBMI aims to bring together the enthusiastic citizens of the country for monitoring common bird species. The citizens report bird sightings to CBMI, which the latter will scientifically synthesize and statistically analyze through its researchers.

Come and be a part of this project. This is ‘your’ time to rise and take a step forth to do something which has never been done before in the nation. Remember, ‘a responsible citizen is not the one who yells the river is dirty, but the one who cleans it up’.

Time is running out! Be a part of the one of its kind event. To join, use the following links:

To volunteer, shoot an email to arpita@natureforever.org with your area of interest, skills and contact number.

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The need to save birds

For the past few years the population of House Sparrows has been declining rapidly. While being able to survive in wild easily enough, House Sparrows have well-casted their life style in accordance with human towns and cities and lived among us as our friendly next-door neighbours or forced visitor-cum-residents in our own house as far back as we can remember. Not only is it easier for them to find good food sources around humans but it is also much secure to built nests away from wild predators in human houses where humans either do not bother with them or befriend with them. And, yet even after having sparrows around us they don’t seem to be as happy as they used be in their halcyon days.

There was a time when watching huge flock of sparrows performing sky acrobatics in evenings was a favorite pass-time of folks in villages, towns and cities. But, now all we get to see is a few sparrows tweeting meekly behind bushes and branches. In fact, it’s not only House Sparrows that we should be concerned about; our common Indian birds don’t seem to be as common anymore as they used to be. Why is it so? Their decline can’t be attributed to a single factor. While, the natural habitats of birds are destroyed at large scale every year to construct roads, apartments and the like, it’s also said that the increasing use of mobile networks hugely affect birds. The excessive use of pesticides in crop fields affects birds too, because crops act as an important food source to many species. Thus, it’s important to not only identify the causes that challenge the survival of different species of birds, but also to come up with solutions that people can apply at both individual as well community level.

For example, setting up bird feeder in gardens, parks, balconies and such places can attract different species of birds. Bird feeders may become their prime food source and play an important role to their survival. Similarly, bird baths can be set-up in localities for birds to have access to water easily in scorching summer. People can also put ‘ghada’ and such for medium-sized birds such as Common Pigeons, Spotted Doves or they can build or buy wooden nest-boxes that come in variety of sizes for House Sparrows, Rose-ringed parakeets, Common Pigeons etc. In public places such as clear-grounds, people can litter rice grains or bread crumbs for birds. There are many, many other ways to help birds that we can come up with, if only we are keen enough to save them and watch them soar sky in huge flocks again.

–Fatima Humaira

Fatima can be reached at her blog http://pakshiblog.wordpress.com/